In men, adequate levels of testosterone are necessary to maintain a healthy fat distribution. However, research has shown that the presence of visceral fat can interfere with testosterone production, further exacerbating the storage of fat in the belly. Excess abdominal fat not only reduces testosterone production, but is also associated with a rise in the female hormone estradiol in men. It is unclear if testosterone decline associated with aging disrupts the production of testosterone, or if the accumulation of fat via weight gain leads to lower levels of testosterone. Either way, the reduction of visceral fat via lifestyle changes is beneficial for overall health in men.
Harvard University states “that visceral fat pumps out immune system chemicals called cytokines — for example, tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-6 — that can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.” Harvard goes on to state that “these and other biochemicals are thought to have deleterious effects on cells’ sensitivity to insulin, blood pressure, and blood clotting.”
This enriching brew will fuel your core with hefty doses of vitamin C. This health positive compound purifies the entire digestive system while also flushing out toxins from the liver. The citrus fruits also carry enzymes that dissolve fat instantly. The cucumbers perform a similar role in building high hydration levels, and the nutrients are vital for radiant flesh and beautiful skin. The deliciousness can be enhanced by a gentle mashing of the fruits. Overnight stewing also helps, but the lemons should be removed before long-term storage to eliminate excess bitterness. This gentle detox water will fill you up guilt-free!
Avocados sometimes gets a bad reputation because of their high fat content. However, as you may have heard before, there are both bad and good fats. And avocados are stuffed with the good for you fats.In addition to being high in good fats, avocados are also loaded with fiber. This helps keep your digestive system moving, reducing excess build up by preventing constipation. Additionally, avocados help control and stop blood sugar spikes. As a result, this prevents your body from storing excess fat in your lower belly and helps prevent love handles.(7)Like most foods, you’ll want to eat avocados in moderation. Adding a half avocado to a meal for a total of about two full avocados per week is a good number to aim for. Try to make your own guacamole, but be careful buying store bought guacamole because it can contain excess ingredients that make losing lower body fat harder.
They serve a variety of functions that range from physiological to psychological. Mentally, these brews are awesome alternatives for snacks and meals. They fulfill the pleasurable reward principles without incurring any physical sacrifices. Similarly, anything that causes weight gain can be counteracted by adhering to the ritualistic consumption of detoxification water.
When your cortisol levels are through the roof, it triggers the release of insulin, and this is where things go awry. Initially, the ‘fight-or-flight’ response shuts down your digestive system so you can deal with the “threat”, like a very hungry lion or, more realistically, heavy traffic on your way to work. Once the danger has passed, your body seeks to replenish the hundreds of calories you burned fighting to the death/swearing at rush hour traffic and makes you ravenously hungry.
But it’s probably best to stay away from those ultra sugary, creamy beverages which are often made with sugary syrups or other flavorings that can stall your weight-loss efforts. Options for a sugar, cream and milk substitute. Choose a natural or artificial sugar substitute rather than regular sugar. Choose fat-free (skim) or 1% milk, or unsweetened almond milk. Avoid 2% and full-fat milk. Opt for sugar-free and fat-free creamers and limit your intake to 2 tablespoons per day.
Ginger and mango are both great for boosting your metabolism and ginger is a natural pain reliever as well. Mango aids in digestion and can help to flush a number of free radicals out of your body. To make this day spa detox water, you need about an inch of ginger root and a cup of fresh or frozen mango. Just peel the ginger and cut it into three or four slices. Drop into a pitcher, add your cup of cubed or sliced mango and then top with about three cups of ice before filling with purified water. This needs to sit in the fridge for about three hours to allow the flavors to come out.
Elisha is a clinical nutritionist who specialises in nutrition for weight loss, insulin resistance, digestive and mental health. Elisha has a huge amount of experience in complimentary health, particularly in helping to work through food related issues such as diabetes and obesity, and provide assistance to combat emotional eating. She has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2012, writing informative blog posts, contributing to our recipe books and the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipes. Elisha loves working for The Healthy Mummy because “I love creating family friendly recipes, knowing that women all around the country are losing weight and gaining more confidence and changing their lives for the better.”